End Child Poverty – Feeling the Pinch: the high cost of rent-to-own

14.15-15.45 | Monday 13 November 2017 | Tea & coffee will be served from 14.15 

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Debt and Personal Finance and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty invite you to a parliamentary reception to launch End Child Poverty‘s new report:

Feeling the Pinch: Furnishing Your Home with Rent-to-Own

This report from the End Child Poverty coalition and StepChange investigates the experiences of low income households with little choice but to cover the costs of basic household goods through high cost rent-to-own companies like BrightHouse.

The rent-to-own sector has come under the spotlight recently as part of the Financial Conduct Authority’s High Cost Credit review. Their report comes at a crucial time, with Members across both Houses of Parliament raising concerns about how to tackle irresponsible lending practices and high levels of consumer debt.

End Child Poverty brings together a coalition of nearly 100 UK civil society organisations to call for tighter regulation of the sector and for alternative sources of credit.

Hosts: Yvonne Fovargue MP, Chair of APPG on Debt and Personal Finance & Kevin Hollinrake MP, Chair of APPG on Poverty


  • Chris Woolard, Director of Strategy and Competition (inc. consumer issues), Financial Conduct Authority
  • Laura Rodrigues, Senior Public Policy Advocate, StepChange Debt Charity
  • Baroness Tyler of Enfield, Chair, House of Lords Financial Exclusion Committee
  • Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Member of Parliament for Doncaster North
  • Judith Cavanagh, Coordinator of the End Child Poverty coalition

We hope you will be able to join us for this important and timely discussion.

Join us as we debate this vital topic and take forward the End Child Poverty Coalition’s work in this area. #FeelingThePinch

Monday 13 November | 14.15-15.45 | Jubilee Room, House of Commons

Please arrive at the Houses of Parliament by 13.45 in order to clear security. You may be asked for ID. Information about visiting Parliament can be found here. Please use the Cromwell Green entrance (8 on map)

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